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The Rural Inter-professional Simulation Course

intubation 2The Rural Inter-professional Simulation Course (RiSC) is a new course run by the Rural Postgraduate Programme designed specifically for rural hospital teams in New Zealand. It is an immersive three-day course which will focus on emergency and trauma care using highly realistic skills and simulations. We believe that it takes a team to deliver high-quality trauma care. We are inviting rural hospital teams of doctors and nurses to join the course and learn the clinical skills and practice the teamwork that it takes to make the right things happen.

A team will consist of five members: Two or three doctors and two or three nurses who normally work together in clinical practice. A total of four teams from around NZ will meet and collaborate to learn new skills and procedures. Smaller centres unable to generate a full team are invited to send individuals to join one NZ-wide combined team.

Course content

  • Pre-course online content for study
  • Core trauma skills such as IV and IO access and splinting techniques
  • Updates in head and spine injury management
  • Highly realistic simulation stations with professional debrief
  • Rural airway management including team RSI practice
  • Rural human factors, teamwork, and communication
  • Procedural sedation workshop
  • NZ rural hospital networking and collaboration

Important information


The estimated cost for a team of 5 is NZ$10,000 per team, or NZ$3,500 per medical practitioner.


The RiSC course is approved with the RNZCGP Division of Rural Hospital Medicine as a Tier 1 resuscitation course as well as ACRRM for MOPS accreditation. The course is approved for MOPS CME points with RNZCGP and DRHMNZ.

Download the list of DRHM recognised tier 1 and tier 2 courses (PDF 574 KB)


2018 courses were held in May and no further courses are planned for the remainder of the year. Please contact the organiser if you are interested in attending a course in 2019.


Rural Health Academic Centre Ashburton


To register please complete the RiSC Application Form electronically (one for each team) and signed Confidentiality Agreement Form (one for each member of the team) and return them to the organiser via email at the address below.

To download the RiSC application form and the confidentiality agreement form, click the links below:

RiSC application form (Microsoft Word 59KB)

RiSC Confidentiality Agreement Form (PDF 49KB)

Electronic signatures are accepted.

Email the organiser: